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Supreme Court Boosts Expedited Removal

The Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling blocks asylum seekers from appealing their fast-track deportations in cour

Max Siegelbaum

Jun 26, 2020

The Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration in a Thursday ruling that will have wide-ranging consequences for asylum seekers crossing the U.S.–Mexico border. The ruling makes it easier for the Trump administration to quickly deport asylum seekers without letting them appeal their case to a judge. 

The justices voted 7-2 to overturn a lower court’s decision that went against the Trump administration, blocking court challenges to expedited removal proceedings. Liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer joining their more conservative colleagues. 

Lee Gelernt, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who argued the case in the Supreme Court, said the decision could impact tens of thousands of people at the border who will not be able to seek judicial review of their decisions. “Today’s decision handcuffs the Judiciary’s ability to perform its constitutional duty to safeguard individual liberty,” wrote Justice Sonia Sotomayor in dissent. 

The case was centered on Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, member of Sri Lanka’s Tamil ethnic minority, who said he was fleeing persecution due his ethnicity. He was detained by Border Patrol 25 yards north of the border, which meant he could be placed in expedited removal, a procedure which gives immigrants less of a right to appeal their cases. The Trump administration has since expanded that policy from having effect within 100 miles of the border to nationwide. The Associated PressThe New York Times

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